Async in C# 5.0

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If you?re writing one of several applications that call for asynchronous programming, this concise hands-on guide shows you how the async feature in C# 5.0 can make the process much simpler. Along with a clear introduction to asynchronous programming, you get an in-depth look at how the async feature works and why you might want to use it in your application.

Written for experienced C# programmers?yet approachable for beginners?this book is ...

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Overview

If you’re writing one of several applications that call for asynchronous programming, this concise hands-on guide shows you how the async feature in C# 5.0 can make the process much simpler. Along with a clear introduction to asynchronous programming, you get an in-depth look at how the async feature works and why you might want to use it in your application.

Written for experienced C# programmers—yet approachable for beginners—this book is packed with code examples that you can extend for your own projects.

  • Write your own asynchronous code, and learn how async saves you from this messy chore
  • Discover new performance possibilities in ASP.NET web server code
  • Explore how async and WinRT work together in Windows 8 applications
  • Learn the importance of the await keyword in async methods
  • Understand which .NET thread is running your code—and at what points in the program
  • Use the Task-based Asynchronous Pattern (TAP) to write asynchronous APIs in .NET
  • Take advantage of parallel computing in modern machines
  • Measure async code performance by comparing it with alternatives
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449337162
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/21/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex is a coder, blogger and concurrency enthusiast from England. He currently works as a developer and product owner at Red Gate, working on tools for .NET developers. Before that, he did a degree in computer science at Cambridge University, and still has theoretical CS in his blood. In his spare time he writes an open source Actors framework for .NET, to let people write parallel programs more easily.

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Table of Contents

Preface;
Intended Audience;
How to Read This Book;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Using Code Examples;
Safari® Books Online;
How to Contact Us;
Acknowledgments;
Chapter 1: Introduction;
1.1 Asynchronous Programming;
1.2 What’s So Great About Asynchronous Code?;
1.3 What Is Async?;
1.4 What Async Does;
1.5 Async Doesn’t Solve Everything;
Chapter 2: Why Programs Need to Be Asynchronous;
2.1 Desktop User Interface Applications;
2.2 Web Application Server Code;
2.3 Silverlight, Windows Phone, and Windows 8;
2.4 Parallel Code;
2.5 An Example;
Chapter 3: Writing Asynchronous Code Manually;
3.1 Some Asynchronous Patterns Used in .NET;
3.2 The Simplest Asynchronous Pattern;
3.3 An Introduction to Task;
3.4 The Problem with Manual Asynchrony;
3.5 Converting the Example to Use Manual Asynchronous Code;
Chapter 4: Writing Async Methods;
4.1 Converting the Favicon Example to Async;
4.2 Task and await;
4.3 Async Method Return Types;
4.4 Async, Method Signatures, and Interfaces;
4.5 The return Statement in Async Methods;
4.6 Async Methods Are Contagious;
4.7 Async Anonymous Delegates and Lambdas;
Chapter 5: What await Actually Does;
5.1 Hibernating and Resuming a Method;
5.2 The State of the Method;
5.3 Context;
5.4 Where await Can’t Be Used;
5.5 Exception Capture;
5.6 Async Methods Are Synchronous Until Needed;
Chapter 6: The Task-Based Asynchronous Pattern;
6.1 What the TAP Specifies;
6.2 Using Task for Compute-Intensive Operations;
6.3 Creating a Puppet Task;
6.4 Interacting with Old Asynchronous Patterns;
6.5 Cold and Hot Tasks;
6.6 Up-Front Work;
Chapter 7: Utilities for Async Code;
7.1 Delaying for a Period of Time;
7.2 Waiting for a Collection of Tasks;
7.3 Waiting for Any One Task from a Collection;
7.4 Creating Your Own Combinators;
7.5 Cancelling Asynchronous Operations;
7.6 Returning Progress During an Asynchronous Operation;
Chapter 8: Which Thread Runs My Code?;
8.1 Before the First await;
8.2 During the Asynchronous Operation;
8.3 SynchronizationContext in Detail;
8.4 await and SynchronizationContext;
8.5 The Lifecycle of an Async Operation;
8.6 Choosing Not to Use SynchronizationContext;
8.7 Interacting with Synchronous Code;
Chapter 9: Exceptions in Async Code;
9.1 Exceptions in Async Task-Returning Methods;
9.2 Unobserved Exceptions;
9.3 Exceptions in Async void Methods;
9.4 Fire and Forget;
9.5 AggregateException and WhenAll;
9.6 Throwing Exceptions Synchronously;
9.7 finally in Async Methods;
Chapter 10: Parallelism Using Async;
10.1 await and locks;
10.2 Actors;
10.3 Using Actors in C#;
10.4 Task Parallel Library Dataflow;
Chapter 11: Unit Testing Async Code;
11.1 The Problem with Unit Testing in Async;
11.2 Writing Working Async Tests Manually;
11.3 Using Unit Test Framework Support;
Chapter 12: Async in ASP.NET Applications;
12.1 Advantages of Asynchronous Web Server Code;
12.2 Using Async in ASP.NET MVC 4;
12.3 Using Async in Older Versions of ASP.NET MVC;
12.4 Using Async in ASP.NET Web Forms;
Chapter 13: Async in WinRT Applications;
13.1 What Is WinRT?;
13.2 IAsyncAction and IAsyncOperation<T>;
13.3 Cancellation;
13.4 Progress;
13.5 Providing Asynchronous Methods in a WinRT Component;
Chapter 14: The Async Compiler Transform—in Depth;
14.1 The stub Method;
14.2 The State Machine Struct;
14.3 The MoveNext Method;
14.4 Writing Custom Awaitable Types;
14.5 Interacting with the Debugger;
Chapter 15: The Performance of Async Code;
15.1 Measuring Async Overhead;
15.2 Async Versus Blocking for a Long-Running Operation;
15.3 Optimizing Async Code for a Long-Running Operation;
15.4 Async Versus Manual Asynchronous Code;
15.5 Async Versus Blocking Without a Long-Running Operation;
15.6 Optimizing Async Code Without a Long-Running Operation;
15.7 Async Performance Summary;

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